Panama Papers investigation: Pakistani politician Imran Khan to be probed by revenue board, say reports

Former cricketer and Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan (C) waves on his arrival along with party leaders during an anti-government rally in Lahore on September 3, 2016. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Sep 06, 2016, 04.36 AM (IST)
Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Monday wrote a letter to Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief and former cricketer Imran Khan and others, as part of its probe into offshore firms and secret bank accounts of its citizens, according to Pakistan news channel, Geo News. 

Investigations related to shell firms, including those in the Panama Papers, will be investigated, official sources informed.
The revenue board has sought details of Khan’s offshore entities, according to a Geo News report. PTI leaders Aleem Khan and Jahangir Tareen have also been forwarded informal letters by the FBR.

The FBR began sending letters to more than 600 Pakistanis following the release of Panama Papers for owning offshore companies, including kins of  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

Data leaked under the Panama Papers investigation that was published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in April this year included names of about 640 Pakistanis as beneficiaries of offshore holdings, according to media reports.

(WION with inputs from agencies)